The International Organization for Migration (IOM), US-based technology firms Block and 3Degrees, and climate finance provider Energy Peace Partners (EPP) have partnered to electrify Bor State Hospital in South Sudan with solar energy. The project partners will leverage a Peace Renewable Energy Credit (P-REC) facility to fund the installation, operation, and maintenance of the solar energy facility in the hospital.
The P-RECs are internationally recognized renewable energy certificates corresponding to the environmental attributes of new renewable energy generation and are issued from qualifying projects to monetize the energy projects in target countries. EPP is the developer and exclusive issuer of these P-RECs. The latest development is the second P-REC transaction in South Sudan by 3Degrees, IOM, and EPP.
Last year, these global firms executed the first-ever P-REC transaction in the country under which 3Degrees obtained the P-RECs generated from a 700 kWp solar plant in IOM’s Humanitarian Hub in Malakal. Later, Block purchased the P-RECs from 3Degrees and this transaction enabled the IOM to fund a solar energy facility at the Malakal Teaching Hospital in the Upper Nile state.
Following the successful deployment of the solar plant at Malakal Hospital, the project partners have now collaborated on a new P-REC transaction under which additional P-RECs from the solar power plant in Malakal Humanitarian Hub will support the solar project at the Bor State Hospital. Block Inc is also the purchaser of this P-REC batch.
Currently, the Bor Hospital is operating with minimal, less-reliable electricity. The future solar energy facility will help the hospital to ensure a 24/7 power supply for the critical care units, provide safe services to the patients, and further support in opening night services.
Dave Mozersky, President of EPP, said, the latest P-REC transaction displays the necessity and potential for innovative clean energy solutions to meet the electricity demand in South Sudan. The P-REC transactions are helping hospitals in the country to provide safer, more reliable service to the communities.
Amy Pope, Deputy Director General of IOM, mentioned that the project is part of their efforts to leverage clean energy as a tool for building the resilience of the people so that they can cope with the effects of changing climate and conflict. According to Pope, clean energy transition means transitioning their facilities to renewable sources and providing displaced people with sustainable energy.